Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare
Opening Night 23 February 2017
Director: Dale Neill

After a failed espionage attempt within the media empire of Messina, Don Pedro and company take some respite in a little family run newspaper office on the fringe of his empire. Upon their arrival Claudio falls for the fair Hero and nuptials are planned. Jane, Don Pedro’s bastard sister still licking her wounds from her failed coup is hell bent on causing as much havoc as possible, with no regard for the end result, even if the end result is death.

Laced with elements of mistaken identity, misdirection, and robust humour, Much Ado about Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s best comedies. The more the characters try to dig themselves out of their respective holes the larger those holes get. Put the more serious themes of honour, shame, and the effects of gossip into the mix and we have a play that has endured through the ages.

By the end you will be left thinking would any of this have happened if they had just talked to each other.

Cast

Don Pedro Jerome Rouse 
Lady Jane Sofie Welvaert 
Claudio Ashley Stewart 
Benedick Thomas Makinson 
Leonato Helen Fearnley  
Antonio Campbell Thomson 
Balthazar Oscar Macdonald  
Borachio Cain Sleep 
Conrade Anna Dawes 
Messenger Callum Davies 
Friar Francis Nick Brook 
Dogberry Emmett Hardie 
Verges Oscar Macdonald  
1st Watchman Sam Ogden 
2nd Watchman Andrew Brinsley-Pirie 
A Boy Jamie Byas 
Hero Bonnie Stewart 
Beatrice Laura Wells 
Margaret Gabrielle Golding 
Ursula Kay Masters 

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